Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best park in Chicago?

Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best park in Chicago?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing that helps tie them all together? Chicago.

With so much collective experience with the city, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions about Chicago to the group.

What is the best park in Chicago?

“I concur with Lincoln Park and I also love Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool Gardens nearby.” — Sher BonDurant, On Tap in the Windy City

“Maggie Daley…even we adults had a blast and couldn’t stop smiling and laughing.” — Melissa Bulicek, Oh, Life!

“Oz Park in Lincoln Park… Wizard of Oz themed for people of all ages.” — Jayson J Crady, Confessions of a Coffeholic!

“Jackson Park and Northerly Island. Jackson Park has so much history with the Worlds Fair, the beach is right there, the Museum of Science and Industry. Northerly Island, aside from being next to the beach, the Nature Oasis, and new paths put in are amazing. It’s crazy to be downtown and yet feel totally removed from the city at the same time.” — Stephanie Esposito, Chicago Rucks

“Palmer Square is BEAUTIFUL, one of the loveliest parks in Chicago if not THE loveliest, no fences, jogging path all the way around, plenty of big, old trees, lots of dogs, and peaceful, positive vibes, a REALLY great park, and I’m not normally a park guy so I should know, shouldn’t I?” — Brian Kremen, ConFIdences

“I love walking around the park by the Lincoln Park Zoo. It is beautiful.” — Susan Schulhof, Looking for the Good

“Lincoln Park. It’s huge (1 1/2 times the acreage of NY’s Central Park), stretching from Oak Street Beach to Ardmore in Edgewater. It has everything! In addition to a bunch of beaches (including a dog beach), you’ll find lots of athletic fields, an actual hill (very rare in this part of the country – Cricket Hill north of Montrose), a free zoo, a conservatory, museums, nature preserves, harbors, a rowing canal, a golf course, a driving range, lots of restaurants from the tiny hot dog stand at Montrose and Simmonds Drive (I’ve been cut off on Lake Shore Drive by SUVs bigger than this little shack), to fine dining to beach-side, pond-side, lakeside and golf course-side spots, and the architecturally historic Theater on the Lake with one of those restaurants just opened by chef Cleetus Friedman. Books have been written about the large number of sculptures. There’s also the bike/walking path, an open air market, and stunning views of the city. AND, a relic of the park’s former life (so to speak) as a cemetery remains (so to speak) just north of the Chicago History Museum, visible from La Salle Drive — the Couch family tomb, the only body (or bodies — no one is sure because the tomb has been sealed forever) not to be relocated when the land was converted to a park.” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs

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